May 09, 2018
Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News)
Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in.
Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...
Apr 26, 2018
Schools In News, Activities, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Virginia announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance (Augusta Free Press)
Congrats to educators in the NGPF Community, Jason Bartholomew of Nansemond River High School and Patricia Adams of Glen Allen High School, whose students starred in this competition.
100 BEST W!SE HIGH SCHOOLS TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE (w!se)
In 2013, W!se celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Financial Literacy Certification program and created the first...
Apr 16, 2018
Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Adam Cole, Needham High School (Needham, MA)
Adam Cole is a dedicated educator who is passionate about preparing his students for life after high school. After 8 years of teaching solely math, he added both personal finance and computer science to his schedule. By connecting with local businesses and experts to make the material more engaging and meaningful, enrollment has doubled over the last 5 years. In addition to teaching, he coaches both the Boys...
Mar 14, 2018
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Career, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Teaching Strategies
State legislatures seem to be taking up the issue of financial education en masse as bills are being proposed in several states, hopeful signs, yes, but we know that it's when it becomes a law that it matters.
Kentucky State Treasurer Thinks Personal Finance Should Be Graduation Requirement (Courier Journal) as a bill moves through the legislature there:
I believe students across our commonwealth need access to financial literacy lessons like Luci has had. That is why I am supporting HB...
Dec 20, 2017
Schools In News, Audio Resource, Activity, Current Events, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, This Week In Financial Literacy
Grading U.S. states on teaching financial literacy: Some earn A’s, while others flunk (The Washington Post)
The third report card of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College highlights the mixed record around the country — including in the D.C. region, where the District earned an F, while Virginia aced it and Maryland received a B. (See all grades below.) The grades are only a slight improvement from those given in 2015, when 24 percent of states and the...
Dec 06, 2017
Schools In News, Career, Budgeting, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Financial literacy course added to Arkansas graduation requirements (News Channel 3)
Arkansas students won’t be able to graduate from high school without some understanding of financial planning, taxes and household budgeting. A new law approved by lawmakers this year mandates that students receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The law, dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will...
Oct 30, 2017
Featured Teachers, Contest Previous, Professional Development, Front Page Spotlight, Schools In News
NGPF is excited to introduce the following recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, 2017!
Adrienne Deakins, William Penn High School (New Castle, DE)Adrienne teaches Economics/Personal Finance and AP Economics at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE.
Amy McCutchen, Holmen High School (Holmen, WI)Amy McCutchen has been a teacher at Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin since 2007. She teaches business classes...
Oct 25, 2017
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy
Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record)
Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition.
Highlands teacher named...
Oct 10, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy, Activities
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild:
There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats. Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents. By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...
Oct 06, 2017
Employment, NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post:
According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...
Oct 04, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Lesson Idea, Advertising, Featured Teachers, Taxes, Teaching Strategies
Guest post from NGPF Fellow, Kayla Bousum of Johnston High School, Iowa:
While grading tests covering paystubs and earnings, I noticed that a large proportion of students were still very confused about the differences between a Form W-2 and a Form W-4. I realized then that everything we were doing—a thorough explanation of the forms, showing them the two forms, and filling out a practice W- 4—was not enough to cement in their minds the differences between these two forms....
Aug 28, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies
Barbara O’Neill is an NGPF Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. In addition to teaching, Barbara also organizes and facilitates professional development for high school personal finance educators in New Jersey. In August 2017, Barbara facilitated two Financial Education Boot Camps and had educators work through the following Index Card Activity.
Back in March, I wrote a NGPF blog post about my three-month curation of financial...
Aug 11, 2017
Interactive, Teaching Strategies, Summer Institute, Tips for Teachers, Lesson Idea, Investing, Featured Teachers, Budgeting
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.
Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us.
For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...
Aug 02, 2017
Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press)
The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it.
Jul 25, 2017
Podcasts, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Index Funds, Investing, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Credit Reports, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
The NGPF Podcast started almost two years ago (and almost 100 podcast segments later) allowed me to “scratch my own itch.” To anyone who knows me, I love talking finance and since I was young I was always told that I had a voice (and a face) for radio. I thought why not try this “podcasting thing” and see what happens. My thinking was “How much fun would it be to reach out to interesting people, including educators, researchers, columnists, finance experts, authors,...